Lawyers want Ahmednasir to recuse self from Tatu City case


City lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi, Judge clash over Khalwale's representation

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko, wants the court to dismiss a case in which two lawyers and former Central Bank Governor, Nahashon Nyagah, are challenging their trial for alleged misconduct in a commercial dispute.

Through lawyer Edwin Okello, the DPP denied claims that he is acting under pressure to have the two lawyers, Nelson Havi and Michael Osundwa, charged in court for fraud over transactions involving the transfer of shares of a company under the Tatu City development.

Okello told the court that the DPP will give his directions on the case once officers complete investigations on the alleged fraud.

The two lawyers want city lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi recused from the Tatu City proceedings, claiming he is interfering with investigations.

Further, they alleged that Ahmednassir has been directing Tobiko to interfere with investigations in favour of his clients against complaints lodged by a company identified as Purple Saturn.

The two claim that the DPP has refused to disclose the appraisal on the complaints made on June 19, 2015 by Purple Saturn. In addition, they claim he has also failed to disclose his appraisal of other complaints lodged on August 3, 2015 by another firm, Kotinaf, that is also involved in the dispute.

Through their advocate, Patrick Lutta, the lawyers claimed that they are entitled to access information held by the DPP as required for the protection of their rights and as a matter of public interest.

However, Ahmednassir has denied the claims saying that the pair have personalised issues.

“We are opposing the application by the petitioners. It is an abuse of court,” said Ahmednassir.

Ahmednassir, who is representing the majority shareholders in Tatu City, Stephen Jennings and James Reid, urged the court to dismiss the petition with costs saying that the pleadings are scandalous and meant to settle a personal score.

Justice George Onguto will deliver his ruling on the case on October 31.

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